Fighting for Clean Air, Water, and Land
Phyllis Mundy believes that protecting our environment today and for future generations of Northeastern Pennsylvanians should be a top priority. That’s why the Sierra Club gave her a 100% rating recently and why the Pennsylvania League of Conservation Voters has always given her similarly strong ratings in her career. It is clear that Rep. Mundy has a strong record on environmental protections.
Showing Leadership on Drilling the Marcellus Shale
In June 2010, Rep. Mundy announced that she is proposing legislation that would enact a one year moratorium on new Marcellus Shale drilling permits and legislation that would restrict gas companies from drilling within 2,500 feet of a primary source of supply for a community water system. She is also calling on the U.S. Congress to repeal the Halliburton loophole in the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, a loophole which exempts oil and gas drilling industries from restrictions on hydraulic fracturing near drinking water sources. Phyllis strongly believes that we need to fully evaluate the implications of dangerous drilling so close to home. She knows we need to take a step back and do this right because the cost and the effect on human health if our reservoirs were to become contaminated is unimaginable. Rep. Mundy believes the economic boon that is associated with Marcellus Shale drilling should not come at the expense of our infrastructure, our quality of life, our safety, and our health.
Strengthening Environmental Protection Laws
In 2005 Phyllis worked diligently with her colleagues to approve enabling legislation for a $625 million bond initiative which the voters overwhelmingly approved last May. No new taxes or fees were included in this plan. A total of $230 million was allocated to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for various projects. Phyllis and her colleagues were successful in insuring that a portion of these funds would be used for stream improvement and flood protection.